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Second generation Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is here

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If you’re running a smart home this could be handy.Think of it as a large remote for your TV and other smart devices.Go mobile with the 4G version.

Availability

Wi-Fi and 4G models are now available in black from Samsung-branded retail stores, the Samsung Online Store, and JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Officeworks and, Bing Lee.

The black 4G model is currently available from Vodafone & Optus.

Telstra is due to launch black and silver 4G models from 26 December 2017.The Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has an RRP of $329 (inclusive of GST), and the 4G Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has an RRP of $479 (inclusive of GST). 

Galaxy Tab A 8.0
Dimensions212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9 mm
Weight360g (Wi-Fi)364g (4G)
Display8.0-inch WXGA (1280 x 800, 16:10) TFT, 480nits
ProcessorQuad Core 1.4GHz
OSAndroid 7.1
Memory2GB (RAM) + 16GB  (9.6GB user-accessible)Micro SD up to 256GB (sold separately)
CameraFront: 5MP FFRear: 8MP AF with Flash
Battery5,000mAh
PortUSB 2.0 (Type C)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct,Bluetooth® v4.2
ColourBlack, Silver
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Telstra Lends Helping Hand as 3G Shutdown Approaches

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Telstra has started handing out 12,000 free mobile devices to struggling customers ahead of its 3G shutdown on 31 August, 2024. People in difficult financial situations, who live in rural and remote areas or the elderly, will be targeted in the handout.

“This initiative will benefit the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Major Brendan Nottle from The Salvation Army.

Telstra’s Consumer Segment Executive, Marty McGrath with Major Brendan Nottle from The Salvation Army.

“Ensuring that every Australian, from any background or level of income, can take part in our modern digital society is crucial. A phone can be a gateway to social inclusion, community connection and support, and with the upcoming closure of 3G networks in Australia it is important for us to reach out and ensure that this can continue for everyone.”

Although most Australians have moved on to 4G/5G devices, there are many people still using old handsets. Telstra says it will be communicating with eligible customers in the coming weeks to let them know a device is on its way. The devices will be

Telstra’s 3G network will close 31 August, 2024

Along with a new device, customers will receive instructions showing them how to switch to their new phone on the 4G network. Around 156,000 customers from consumers to small business are using devices that are either 3G only, do not support Voice over 4G (VoLTE), have 4G coverage limitations, or are 4G enabled but hardwired to use 3G for Emergency calls. These users are currently receiving pre-recorded messages when making an outgoing call to alert them about the change.

If you’re unsure, SMS 3 to 3498 (3GXT) to check your phone or contact Telstra directly.

There’s a lot more information here about the 3G shutdown.

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Insane Value: At this Price the Hisense C1 Laser Projector is a Steal

At more than a thousand dollars off, the Hisense C1 is outstanding value for anyone looking for a home cinema experience.

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I’ve always told people – never pay full price for AV gear. However, when you see a deal, don’t hesitate.

I’ve just started reviewing the C1 TriChroma Laser Mini Projector from Hisense. It’s beautifully designed with a 4K picture to match. As always I do, I conducted a price check – and man – talk about timing. Its RRP is A$3,499 but you can buy it today (publish date) for as little as A$2,390.

My review video is nowhere near finished but I have no problem already recommending the C1. At more than a thousand dollars off, the Hisense C1 is outstanding value for anyone looking for a home cinema experience.

Watch Djuro Sen show the C1 to Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition

But first, you need to consider your home setup. The Hisense C1 is a medium to long throw projector so you need some depth in your room. It can project a 4K image from 65-inches to a massive 300-inches. To get a picture that large (300″) you need to be around 8 metres from the screen.

It weighs just under 5kg so it’s pretty easy to move around or mount wherever you want. AutoMagic AI helps to take the pain out of setting up but I found the manual settings to be far better. For most people it will be a case of just pointing the projector where they want the image. Hisense has even included a 1/4“-20 mount for use on a stand or tripod. Very cool.  

This is my review setup. The Hisense C1 image looks great even when projecting from an angle.

I’ll save all the best bits for my video but I will say the picture quality is excellent. It’s a very similar look and feel to a normal Hisense TV. But your room needs to be dark or at least not bright. It pumps out 1600 ANSI lumens, which is outstanding in the right conditions. Aside from all the usual picture modes you also get Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

The sound is very good out of this cube projector. A 1-litre Sound Chamber, made in collaboration with JBL, really belts out a movie soundtrack.

Image Matrix will post a review video some time after State of Origin II. I’ll be watching that for sure on the Hisense C1.

Hisense 4K Laser Smart Mini Projector Specs

Hisense 4K Laser Smart Mini Projector Specs

Product Category 4K TriChroma Mini Laser Projector
Series TL7K
Model Number C1
Console Colour Black, Gray
Resolution 4K
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Display Technology DLP
Light Source Laser Source
Light Source Blue+Green+Red Laser
Audible Noise ≤26 dB
Display Surface Flat
Light source lifetime 25,000 hours (Luminance drop 50%)
Eye Protection Yes
Digital geometric or keystone correction Yes, Both Auto and Manual keystone correction*
RoHS Compliant Yes
Recyclable Product Yes
Speakers / Type Built-in
Operating System VIDAA U6
Luminance (typical, full field, in Lumens) 1600 lm*
Static Contrast 1600:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 2,000,000:1
Number of Colours 1.07 Billion Colours
Resolution 3840*2160
4K Upscaling Yes
10 bit Colorimetry Yes
High Dynamic Range Dolby Vision/HDR10/HLG/HDR10+ Decoding
HDMI-ARC Support Yes
HDMI-CEC Support Yes
MHL Support No
Anyview Cast (Miracast) Yes
Network Streaming (DLNA) Yes
Filmmaker Mode Yes
Wireless Digital Audio (Bluetooth) Yes
Wide Colour Gamut 110% BT.2020
Processor Quad Core
MEMC Yes
Smooth Motion Rate 120
Decoder HEVC (H.265),VP9,H.264,MPEG4, MPEG2,VC1,MVC
3D Digital Comb Filter Yes
MPEG Noise Reduction Yes
Mosquito Noise Reduction Yes
Sound Output Power 2*10W
Sound Technology Dolby Atmos
NICAM / A2 Stereo No
User Equalizer Yes
AC-4 Yes
MPEG-H No
Media Player Yes (Video, Audio, Picture)
Hotel Lock No
Streaming video on demand Yes
Web browser Odin
Airplay Yes
Anyview Cast Yes
Anyview Stream Yes (DMP,DMR)
Smart Phone Companion App VIDAA App
HDMI1 High speed HDMI (eARC)
HDMI2 HDMI2.0
USB1 USB 2.0
USB2 USB 3.0
S/PDIF Output 1
Composite (AV) Input 0
Audio (L/R) Input 0
Ethernet RJ45 port Yes
Wireless LAN adapter Support Yes
WiFi technology IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax,Support three frequency band(2.4G,5G and 6G)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Service port 1
Power Supply 100-240V~ 60/50Hz Max 2.5A
Standby Consumption ≤0.5W
Power Consumption 180W
Weight incl. Packaging 8.6kg
Product Weight (Net) 4.6kg
Packaging Dimension (LxDxH) 391*359*350mm
Product Dimension (LxDxH) 245*179*216mm
Remote Control Model ERF3AD90H
Remote Batteries AAAx2
User Manual YES
Quick start Page YES
Power Cable YES
Container Format AVI,MP4,MKV,TS,FLV OGM
Video .AVI,.WMV,.MP4,.MOV,.3GP,.MKV,.MPG,.MPEG,.VOB,.FLV,.WebM,.OGM
Audio .wma,.wmv,.mp4,.FLAC,.MP2,.MP3 music(mp3 aac wma wav)
Picture .jpeg,.bmp,.PNG,.GIF,.webp
Additional Information *When the projection size is greater than 150 inches, manual focus and manual geometric correction are required.
*The brightness of the laser light beams will be reduced sharply when objects are near to the front of the console to protect your eyes.
*Works with Amazon Alexa, Works with Apple AirPlay, Works with Apple Home

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Samsung Galaxy Ring to Rule Them All

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Over the last few weeks more details have emerged about Samsung’s highly anticipated wearable device, the Galaxy Ring. The health tracker could be launched as soon as next month, more likely August.

The Galaxy Ring was teased by Samsung earlier this year at Unpacked – the launch of the S24 Series – but some of the battery sizes, 17 mAh, 18.5 mAh and 22 mAh were discovered by mysmartprice as the rings were going through FCC approvals.

UNPACKED 2024

Other battery capacities could end up in the final products because there’s a lot of speculation at the moment. Battery life could last up to nine days which makes this an easy tracker to wear.

We’re expecting up to nine sizes – available in black, sliver and gold.

THE GALAXY RING WILL COME IN 9 SIZES AND THREE COLOURS

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert in the video at the top of this story, a smart ring with sensors is ideal for monitoring sleep. Its long battery life and close contact with the body, ensures sustained and accurate data.

The Galaxy Ring will play a big role in Samsung’s health initiatives along with the Galaxy Watch. A summary called ‘My Vitality Score’ will take into account all of the readings to give you a number to aim for in your health and fitness goals.

MY VITALITY SCORE

There’s also a feature called ‘Booster Cards’, that offers more AI powered analysis of your bio data.

Samsung Health Partner Day MAY 2024

“In this new mobile era of AI, Samsung is focused on remaining at the forefront of maximizing information,” said Dr. Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of Digital Health Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics.

“With the intelligence of AI, the most transformative technology of the century, users will receive more personalized insights and tailored health experiences through Samsung Health’s extensive global dataset from 64M monthly active users. And while every user’s wellness journey is unique, we believe they all start in the same way – by gaining a deeper understanding of their health through more comprehensive insights, spanning the longest time possible.”

He went on to say in an editorial, “This is why we’ve continued to build a portfolio of tools that help track their health conveniently, continuously and accurately.”

“This approach comes to life in our wearables portfolio with upcoming features like My Vitality Score and Booster Card, combining more data with new intelligent analysis to deliver even more personalised and actionable guidance day and night.”

COMPETITION

Samsung has some serious competition in this space from well established Finnish tech company Oura.

The Oura Ring Generation 3 features Automatic Activity Detection, Daytime Heart Rate Monitoring, Period Prediction, Early Illness Detection, Rest Mode, and Personalised Bedtime Guidance.

OURA RING CAPTURES SLEEP DATA

Oura Rings start from US$299 with a US$5.99 per month subscription for in-depth reporting on your readings.

These include:

  • In-depth sleep analysis every morning
  • Personalized health insights & recommendations
  • Live & accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Temperature trend monitoring as a tool to predict periods and to identify early signs of sickness

Samsung has taken preemptive legal action to head off any patent claims before the Galaxy Ring hits shelves.

As Tim suggested in the Sky News segment above, “The Galaxy Ring” – “Sounds like a movie doesn’t it?”

It sure does .. and the drama is just beginning.

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